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Structure of the BCC

An Executive Secretary was appointed to the Benguela Current Commission in August 2008 and shortly thereafter, the structures and functions of the Commission that were agreed to by stakeholders at the signing of the Interim Agreement, began to take shape. Staff was appointed and administrative arrangements were put in place so that the Commission could begin to access and disburse funds.

The structure of the Benguela Current Commission is illustrated in the image below. This is the structure that is reflected in the signed Benguela Current Convention.

 

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The Ministerial Conference

The highest policy and decision-making body of the Benguela Current Commission is the Ministerial Conference. The Conference consists of national delegations from Angola, Namibia and South Africa, led by a Minister. The Ministerial Conference meets annually.

The Management Board

The Management Board coordinates and advances the common interests of the three countries.

It consists of national delegations from each of the participating countries. Usually, there are representatives from each of the relevant ministries (e.g. the fisheries, mines or minerals, works and transport and the environment ministries) in each of the national delegations.

The Management Board is led by a National Director, Director General or Permanent Secretary – or his or her nominee.

The Management Board is responsible for:
  • coordinating the implementation by the Parties of the Strategic Action Programme and the Benguela Current Convention; and
  • advancing and representing the common interests of the Parties in matters concerning the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem.

A detailed Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure guide and direct the functions of the Management Board.

The Management Board of the Benguela Current Commission is constituted as follows:
Ms Filomena Vaz Velho Deputy General Director Instituto Nacional Investigação Pesqueira (INIP) Angola
Mr Manuel Agusto Junior Head of Department  Ministry of Petroleum Angola
Mr Camilio Ceita National Director Ministry of Urbanism & Environment Angola
Dr Gabi Schneider Director Ministry of Mines & Energy Namibia
Ms Ulitala Hiveluah Permanent Secretary Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources Namibia
Mr Teofilus Nghitila Director  Ministry of Environment & Tourism Namibia
Mr Pinehas Auene  Deputy Director Ministry of Works & Transport Namibia
Dr Monde Mayekiso Deputy Director General Department of Environmental Affairs South Africa
Dr Johann Augustyn Chief Director Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries South Africa
Ms Ntsiki Van Avereke General Manager Petroleum Agency South Africa South Africa
Mr Lebeau Labuschagne Acting Deputy Director Department of Mineral Resources South Africa

 

The Secretariat of the BCC

The Secretariat of the Benguela Current Commission is located in Swakopmund, Namibia.

The functions of the Secretariat, as defined in Article 13 of the Benguela Current Convention are to:

• provide services to the Ministerial Conference, the Commission and its subsidiary bodies to execute their functions;
• establish rules and procedures of operation, functioning and appointment of its staff to be approved by the Commission;
• propose the creation or termination of such positions as deemed necessary to perform its functions, with the approval of the Commission;
• source resources, additional to the contributions made by the Parties, to carry out and implement the programmes of the Commission;
• establish partnerships with other organisations; and
• perform such other functions as the Commission may determine.

The Secretariat of the Benguela Current Commission is located in Swakopmund, Namibia.

The functions of the Secretariat, as defined in Article 13 of the Benguela Current Convention are to:

• provide services to the Ministerial Conference, the Commission and its subsidiary bodies to execute their functions;
• establish rules and procedures of operation, functioning and appointment of its staff to be approved by the Commission;
• propose the creation or termination of such positions as deemed necessary to perform its functions, with the approval of the Commission;
• source resources, additional to the contributions made by the Parties, to carry out and implement the programmes of the Commission;
• establish partnerships with other organisations; and
• perform such other functions as the Commission may determine.

The Secretariat of the Benguela Current Commission is managed by an Executive Secretary. The following individuals make up the staff of the Secretariat.

Executive Secretary

Hashali-HamukuayaDr Hashali Hamukuaya bears overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Secretariat and provides strategic leadership to the Commission, ensuring that it fulfils its mandate.

A fisheries biologist by training, Dr Hamukuaya has worked as Executive Secretary of the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (SEAFO) and Director of the BCLME Programme. Prior to his taking on these regional management positions, DrHamukuaya worked for the Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources for 11 years.

Ecosystem Coordinator

Kumbi Kilongo147x175Dr Kumbi Kilongo joined the BCC Secretariat in January 2015 as Ecosystem Coordinator.

Dr Kilongo was formerly Deputy Director of Angola’s fisheries research institute, Instituto Nacional de Investigação Pesqueira (INIP), and has over 25 years of practical experience as a marine research scientist and administrator. Crucially for the BCC, Dr Kilongo is one of a core group of Angolan professionals who participated in the BENEFIT and BCLME Programmes; consequently he has valuable understanding of the philosophy behind regional cooperation, and intimate knowledge of its history and characteristics in the BCLME.

“I strongly believe that the BCC has an opportunity to make a difference and to contribute to the sustainable development of the BCLME region, for the benefit of the people in the three countries,” says Dr Kilongo.

Dr Kilongo is a biologist by training. He holds a PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Algarve in Portugal and completed his Masters degree at the University of Bergen in Norway. His doctoral thesis focused on understanding the dynamics of fisheries resources in relation to the environment of the northern Benguela.

Data and Information Manager

Zukile Hutu for webZukile Hutu, who worked for the Benguela Current Commission from 2009 to 2011, has returned to the organisation and taken up the position of Data and Information Manager.

Mr Hutu holds a National Diploma in Information Technology and recently completed a Bachelor of Commerce with law degree (BCom LLB) at the University of South Africa. His studies were made possible by a short-term break from conventional employment during which he set up a community project to assist rural youth, established a number of businesses and concentrated on his studies.

Zukile's goals for the BCC include the establishment of a regional data centre to facilitate the sharing of information between countries and project partners, and the resuscitation of the SEIS (State of the Ecosystem Information System) project so as to provide reliable and up-to-date information about the ecosystem and thereby facilitating informed decision-making.

A lover of music and reading, Zukile has relocated to Namibia from Pretoria, South Africa.

Chief Financial Officer

Bernice-UjahaBernice Ujaha holds a Masters Degree in Development Finance from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, and has worked for a number of years in the fields of accounting, finance and human resources administration and management.

Prior to joining the Secretariat of the BCC, Bernice worked in the National Planning Commission in the office of the President and also with the Office of the Prime Minister, taking responsibility for the management and administration of a number of EU-funded development projects. She has also worked for the Namibian Ministry of Justice, the Attorney General and for General Motors.

Bernice is a determined and assertive person who thrives on challenges. She is keen to streamline the operations of the Secretariat, thereby helping it to achieve its objective of implementing an integrated, ecosystem approach to the management of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem.

Regional Training Officer

Monica Thomas smallAs Regional Training Officer, Monica Thomas is responsible for developing and implementing the BCC's Training and Capacity Building (T&CB)strategy, and coordinating regional and international T&CB activities.

Monica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources (Fisheries & Aquatic Science) and a Master's degree in Environmental Management. Prior to joining the BCC she worked as an Environmental Officer for the Municipality of Walvis Bay.

Monica highlights the importance of broadening the focus of the BCC's T&CB activities:

"The emphasis has been on fisheries, but we need to take a multi-sectoral approach and make sure that all sectors receive benefits from the BCC's training and capacity building programme," she says.

Monica is a keen environmentalist and regards herself as an advocate of sustainable development. She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, and reading motivational books and watching TV – especially the National Geographic channel. Monica treasures time with family and friends and is delighted to be living and working in Swakopmund where there are plenty of opportunities to explore and enjoy nature.

Project Administrator

Paulus NdjambulaMembers of the BCC community will be familiar with the warmth and efficiency of Paul Ndjambula who has been appointed Project Administrator at the BCC Secretariat.

Paul spent two-and-a-half years with the BCLME SAP Implementation project as a Young Professional Associate, earning a reputation as an excellent organiser and ambassador for the BCC. He played a leading role in coordinating a number of youth events such as World Oceans Day 2012 and the 2013 BCC Youth Summit.

As Project Administrator, Paul is involved with a wide range of BCC Science Programme activities, particularly the logistical arrangements required for BCC meetings and events.

Paul holds an Advanced Diploma in Tourism Management from the Polytechnic of Namibia and a Certificate in Environmental Engineering from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He is President of the French Alliance Association of Namibia and a founding member and Treasury Secretary of the non-profit organisation Swakopmund Youth With Vision Forum. Paul has volunteered for the Red Cross of Namibia since 2008.

Finance and Administration Officer

Petrina MutumbuluaBorn and bred in nearby Walvis Bay, Petrina Mutumbulua has fitted easily into the Swakopmund office of the Benguela Current Commission. She holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Business Administration from Polytechnic Namibia and is planning to further her studies in this field in the future. Petrina is enthusiastic about her job with the BCC Secretariat, saying it has provided her with a valuable opportunity to grow as a professional. Prior to taking up her position, she was employed by an engineering company as an Office Administrator.

A gifted athlete, Petrina has represented her country in netball, playing for Namibia in tournaments in South Africa and Zambia. Although she is no longer competing at the national level, Petrina continues to play for a local netball team in Walvis Bay.

Christiana Nakaleke – General Worker

Christiana-NakalekeMs Nakaleke is a valued member of the BCC Secretariat. She works hard to ensure the office of the Secretariat runs smoothly and efficiently. Ms Nakaleke is always willing to provide assistance during busy periods.





The Ecosystem Advisory Committee

The Ecosystem Advisory Committee is one of the core structures of the Benguela Current Commission.

Its role is to:

  • Support decision-making by the Management Board, the Ministerial Conference and the participating countries by providing them with the best available scientific, management, legal and other information, and expert advice concerning the sustainable use and development of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem.
  • Build capacity within the participating countries for the purpose of generating information and providing expert advice on a sustainable basis.

The Ecosystem Advisory Committee operates mainly through regional Joint Working Groups. These groups are the vehicle for cooperation between the scientists and managers employed by government institutions in the three countries.